Relationship, Health and Sex Education at Rumboldswhyke Church of England Primary School


RSHE is about the emotional, social and cultural development of children, and involves learning about relationships, sexual health, sexuality, healthy lifestyles, diversity and personal identity. The RSHE curriculum is designed to promote independence, resilience and critical thinking skills to help children stay healthy and safe and maintain their own well-being. Well planned and delivered RSHE education helps children to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.

Our philosophy is that children should:

  • learn through exploring and challenging their own and other children’s ideas and attitudes in a variety of contexts both in and outside lessons.
  • be adaptive and responsive to changing needs, this may be from what children tell us they want from their RSHE curriculum or to social trends and issues such as Coronavirus and new social media apps.
  • be exposed to cross-curricular links to other subjects such as history, science and PE.
  • be taught with a positive focus.


We teach through a key question based model developed using the programme builder from the PHSE Association. The curriculum is split into 3 key areas: Health and Well-being, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. It is taught over a two year rolling programme although is adapted to the children’s needs.

RSHE work takes place in discrete lessons and is woven through other curriculum areas in our learning experiences as part of our values-based education. There is a progression of skills, knowledge and personal development as children move through the school.

RSHE work is evidenced in children’s books, through artwork and displays around the school promoting values and diversity and during daily worship or special productions.

Children show their RSHE learning more widely in the school community by embodying the principles of RSHE in their interactions with other children, staff and visitors.

Staff model positive attitudes to RSHE teaching and embody, promote and value resilience, independence, diversity and mental and physical wellbeing in all areas of school life.

Staff ensure that RSHE lessons are a safe and respectful place to explore personal and sensitive issues in which each child has the right to a voice.


What we expect you to see:

  • thoughtful, respectful, knowledgeable and engaged learners.
  • discussion and reflection at appropriate moments across the school day.
  • children who have the confidence and language to be able to challenge their perceptions and perspectives and those of others.
  • children who respect the differences between people
  • children who involve themselves fully in the community life of the school including making decisions about issues.
  • well-developed and embedded personal qualities and values that will equip them to meet the wider social demands of young adult life.
  • children who have responsibility for their actions and are aware of their actions on others.
  • children who use thinking skills to make rational and informed decisions.
  • children who know what healthy and positive relationships look like and how to deal with changes and conflict in those relationships.